Predicting Product Cosmetic Quality Using Virtual Environments

Maxfield, John, Juster, Neal P., Dew, Peter M. , Taylor, Stephen, Fitchie, Martin, Ion, William J., Zhao, Jeff and Thompson, Martin (2000) Predicting Product Cosmetic Quality Using Virtual Environments. In: ASME 2000 DETC/CIE Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

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This paper describes a previously unreported application of virtual environments — the prediction of product cosmetic quality. Successful prediction of cosmetic quality without the production of a physical prototype requires the integration of a number of ‘software’ models. The models include an assembly model representing the manner in which the product is put together; an environment model providing a real world graphical context for the product; a behaviour model representing how the product moves and deforms under use conditions; a tolerance model representing the allowable variation in the product due to manufacturing and assembly variation; and an interaction model enabling the user to interact with the system. This paper presents interim results of a research project that has combined these models and implemented them within an automotive design and manufacturing process during the development of a new automobile. The paper contains the results of initial user evaluation and issues for future research.

Keywords:Virtual reality, Manufacturing, Automobiles, Automotive design, Computer software, Engineering prototypes
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Deposited On:03 Nov 2021 09:43

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